Second suite of Chevrolet Bolt EV automated test mules takes to roads

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General Motors has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles at its Orion assembly plant in Michigan.

The prototypes will join the more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs already being tested on roads in San Francisco, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; and metro Detroit, Michigan.

They are equipped with next-generation self-driving technology and equipment, developed by Cruise Automation and GM, including lidar, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to accelerate development of a safe and reliable fully autonomous vehicle.

“To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale. By developing the next-generation self-driving platform in San Francisco and manufacturing these cars in Michigan, we are creating the safest and most consistent conditions to bring our cars to the most challenging urban roads that we can find,” said Kyle Vogt, Cruise Automation CEO.

GM and Cruise Automation engineers have been testing Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale since June 2016, and on public roads in Warren, Michigan, since January 2017.

June 16, 2017

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